??? for CAT 246 Owners Re: TURBO

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by DVS Hardscaper, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a 2003 CAT 246 skid steer that I bought new. Has about 2300 or 2400 hours.

    I profoundly recall when the machine was new and I would push snow on level, paved lots, clearly hearing the Turbo working.

    A few months ago it hit me "hey, I no longer hear the turbo working".

    I plow the roads where I live, which are very hilly, and I do not hear the Turbo. This, of all places is where I would expect to hear the turbo doing it's work.



    So my question is for others that own and operate the CAT 246 -

    Can you distinctively hear your turbo working???

    Any feedback is appreciated, I'm beginning to think I need a new turbo.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2014
  2. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just sold my 242B 2 months ago and now Im trying to think if I remember hearing it lol Do you feel a lack of power? Youd think you would if the turbo isnt working
     
  3. DVS Hardscaper

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    Well I don't know if I feel a lack of power. The reason I say this is because overtime when parts go bad, you lose power so slowly that you don't really notice.
     
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is it smoking?

    Turbos aren't cheap. And you're getting up there in hours
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  5. DVS Hardscaper

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    Lack of turbo dose not create smoke. I think the turbo for our dump truck was $700 (cummins reman). That's far better than paying a bank each month.

    The hrs are low. The machine seldom digs greater than 8 inches of earth. And it's seldom ran at more than like 70% throttle. I only run full throttke when plowing. So it's hardly been worked. I expect to get about 4000 hrs out if it. And I will.

    But anyway.....I need to know if the turbos on the 246's are noticeably audioable.

    I could pull the cover and see if the blades turn or not. But before I do that I'm curious what other 246 owners say.
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  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actual smoke can indicate a bad turbo.

    You know everything. Just take it to cat
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  7. bobcat_ron

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    It could be a crap load of soot in the turbo that's restricting flow.
     
  8. DVS Hardscaper

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    LOL

    I didn't get into this business because I like gardening and design. I grew up around diesels :) So yeah, I know a little :)

    We do repairs and maintenance in-house.
     
  9. DVS Hardscaper

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    (Also, if the seals are bad, it will leak oil, hence smoke)
     
  10. whiffyspark

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    Didn't say anything about seals. If it ain't lighting it could smoke.

    2400 hours is not low on a skid steer lol
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